1982–83 QMJHL season

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The 1982–83 QMJHL season was the 14th season in the history of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. The league undergoes its first expansion since the 1973–74 QMJHL season by adding two new teams in Drummondville and Longueuil. Divisions are restored, and eleven teams played 70 games each in the regular season.

Rookie centreman Pat LaFontaine of the Verdun Juniors posts 234 points in the regular season, the second highest season total in junior ice hockey history at the time, behind only Pierre Larouche's 251 points from the 1973–74 QMJHL season. LaFontaine would go on to win six individual trophies at the season's end.

The Longueuil Chevaliers coached by Jacques Lemaire, set the Canadian Hockey League record for the best first season by an expansion team posting 37 wins and a winning percentage of 0.557 in 70 games, ahead of the 2003–04 Everett Silvertips with 35 wins and a winning percentage of 0.556 in 72 games. The Chevaliers also became the first expansion team to reach the championship series of the playoffs, a feat later equalled by the Silvertips.

The Laval Voisins and Shawinigan Cataractes both set a QMJHL record with 33 wins on home ice during the regular season. The Laval Voisins finished first overall in the regular season, winning the Jean Rougeau Trophy. The Verdun Juniors won the President's Cup, defeating the Longueuil Chevaliers in the finals.

Team changes[edit]

Final standings[edit]

Note: GP = Games played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T = Ties; Pts = Points; GF = Goals for; GA = Goals against

Dilio Division GP W L T Pts GF GA
Shawinigan Cataractes 70 52 16 2 106 406 232
Chicoutimi Saguenéens 70 37 32 1 75 397 388
Trois-Rivières Draveurs 70 31 38 1 63 393 414
Quebec Remparts 70 27 43 0 54 317 396
Drummondville Voltigeurs 70 11 57 2 24 249 491
Lebel Division GP W L T Pts GF GA
Laval Voisins 70 53 17 0 106 452 305
Verdun Juniors 70 50 19 1 101 486 303
Longueuil Chevaliers 70 37 29 4 78 349 333
Saint-Jean Castors 70 28 37 5 61 375 421
Hull Olympiques 70 30 40 0 60 393 406
Granby Bisons 70 20 48 2 42 343 469

Scoring leaders[edit]

Note: GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; PIM = Penalties in Minutes

Player Team GP G A Pts PIM
Pat LaFontaine Verdun Juniors 70 104 130 234 10
Claude Verret Trois-Rivières Draveurs 68 73 115 188 21
Mario Lemieux Laval Voisins 66 84 100 184 76
Sylvain Turgeon Hull Olympiques 67 54 109 163 103
Paul Adey Hull Olympiques 70 58 104 162 14
Jean-Maurice Cool Verdun Juniors 70 65 84 149 98
Roberto Lavoie Chicoutimi Saguenéens 59 57 79 136 48
Benoit Doucet Hull Olympiques 68 61 75 136 53
Guy Pigeon Saint-Jean / Québec 71 56 77 133 28
Gerard Gallant Saint-Jean / Verdun 62 54 74 128 244

Playoffs[edit]

Pat LaFontaine was the leading scorer of the playoffs with 35 points (11 goals, 24 assists).

Quarterfinals
  • Laval Voisins defeated Hull Olympiques 4 games to 3.
  • Shawinigan Cataractes defeated Saint-Jean Castors 4 games to 0.
  • Verdun Juniors defeated Trois-Rivières Draveurs 4 games to 0.
  • Longueuil Chevaliers defeated Chicoutimi Saguenéens 4 games to 1.
Semifinals
  • Longueuil Chevaliers defeated Laval Voisins 4 games to 1.
  • Verdun Juniors defeated Shawinigan Cataractes 4 games to 2.
Finals
  • Verdun Juniors defeated Longueuil Chevaliers 4 games to 1.

All-star teams[edit]

First team
Second team

Trophies and awards[edit]

Team
Player

See also[edit]

References[edit]

Preceded by
1981–82 QMJHL season
QMJHL seasons Succeeded by
1983–84 QMJHL season